United States Versus Microsoft Corp.; Should U.S. Online Privacy Statutes Apply Abroad?

  • Saif Almutairi Widener University, Delaware Law School, S.J.D. program, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
Keywords: Privacy, Fourth Amendment, Stored Communication Act, Extraterritorial application, Presumption against extraterritoriality

Abstract

Although the case of United States v. Microsoft Corp. deals with the issue of Whether a U.S corporation that chose to store its data abroad has to comply with U.S. warrant issued based on probable cause to render its data that is fall within U.S corporation’s control, United States v. Microsoft Corp. deals more broadly with the issue that should U.S online privacy statutes apply abroad or not. Neverthless, congress only has the power to enact statutes that could be applied abroad. However, U.S. privacy online statutes should not be interpreted by courts to apply abroad because that will violate the presumption against extraterritorial and create a contradiction between authorities. Therefore, the final rule in this case must be in favor of Microsoft.

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Published
2022-04-02
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